Fife double in poetry competition

There was a one-two for Kirkcaldy at the National Library of Scotland last night as the winners were announced in the 2007 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award (CMMA) for poetry pamphlet publishing in Scotland.

The winning entry came from Maureen Sangster's Menopausal Bedtime Rhymes, a collection of wry insights into that most delicate of times. Akros Publications took the runner-up prize for William Hershaw's Fifty Fife Sonnets.

The winner and runner-up were announced at a ceremony held at the National Library of Scotland on Monday 14 May at 6pm, with the winner taking a prize of £500 as well as the Callum Macdonald Memorial Quaich. The runner-up received £250.

Of Sangster's winning entry, the judging panel said: 'We admire the imaginative design, the colours, illustrations and symbolism. It deals with a potentially fraught subject in an engaging and humorous way. The poems are very well observed and accessible to a wide public: it could even be a self-help book!'

Meanwhile, their verdict on the runner up, Fifty Fife Sonnets, was: 'informative, and humorous, with literary resonances from Jimmy Shand to the Spanish Civil War to Black Watch recruitment.'

The Callum Macdonald Memorial Award is given in recognition of publishing skill and effort in the field of poetry pamphlets. The award was created by the Library in memory of Scottish literary publisher Callum Macdonald, and is administered in association with Tessa Ransford, former Director of the Scottish Poetry Library and Callum Macdonald's widow. All Scottish publishers of poetry in pamphlet form are eligible to apply. The award is supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.

The award also aims to encourage the preservation of printed material of this kind and all entries submitted are taken into the collections of the National Library of Scotland. As a result the Library currently holds nearly 250 of the finest contemporary Scottish poetry pamphlets in its collections. You can find out more about pamphlet poetry by logging on to


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14 May 2007

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